On Monday, July 15, 2013, Poetic Cellars Winery released this statement. “Beloved, beautiful and benevolent, our dear friend and talented winemaker, Katy Lovell, waged a brave battle with pancreatic cancer with courage, dignity and grace. She always had a smile on her face, no matter what. Sadly, she lost that battle on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. She was just 57.
Katy was one of only two women winemakers in the Santa Cruz Mountains; she was a pioneer and a trailblazer who could handle a forklift as easily as she could her sewing machine. Katy was also a single mother of 3 children, Julie, 18, Brett, 21 and Zac, 23. All are in college.
A woman of uncommon grace, grit, and generosity, nothing got her down, except pancreatic cancer. It’s probably the only thing that could have extinguished her incredibly positive and glowing spirit. She braved every adversity with a winning smile and artless charm. Katy Lovell was truly one of a kind.”
Benefits for Katy Lovell
A series of benefits are being held on her family’s behalf over the next few weeks. The winery will remain open Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 5 p.m.
July 20 – Passport Day at Poetic Cellars, with food, music and vendors. Purchase passports
July 21 – Poetic Cellars pouring at Saratoga Classic Car Show
Also on July 21 – Special tasting and wine sale at VinoCruz in downtown Santa Cruz
From 2 – 5 p.m. taste and purchase these great Poetic Cellars wines: 2011 Masquerade, ‘09 Mourvedre,’ 08 Santa Cruz Mtns. Merlot, ‘07 Cabernet Sauvignon and the very last of the 2007 Mantra. Cost of wine and food pairing is $20.
Raffle for $600 Anastasio Moda Wine Bag to benefit family of Katy Lovell
Purchase tickets at a variety of locations including VinoCruz in Santa Cruz for a gorgeous Italian designed and handcrafted wine bag by Angelo Anastasio of Anastasio Moda. He has generously donated this $600 beauty to help Katy’s cause. Raffle tickets – $10 each, 5 for $40. Raffle ends on July 28.
In Saratoga, purchase tickets at Ruthe Roberts Wine Collective, Saratoga Eyes, Big Basin Vineyards, Vine Life Gifts, Los Gatos Coffee Roasting on Main Street and The Butter Paddle in Los Gatos.
July 23 – Viva Los Gatos will feature Poetic Cellars for their evening wine program as a tribute and celebration of Katy’s life, her talent, and her inspiring élan.
July 27 – Bring Home the Bacon
Bacon sliders and bacon donuts promise to make for a totally fun and fabulous benefit for Katy, featuring a delicious wine and donut pairing, courtesy of Psycho Donuts in Campbell. These world famous donuts will be exquisitely paired with Katy’s wines at the cost of $10.
At Poetic Cellars winery on the same day, enjoy live music by Asher Stern and food for purchase by Chef Desiree. Indulge in tastings of a fine selection of Tabitha’s awesome “Friend in Cheeses” jams, apricot chutneys, and preserves from B& R Farms.
August 4 – Sunday, Pizza & Poetry Party on the Patio at Nonno’s in Redwood Estates, 2 – 5 p.m. featuring Ralph’s famous pizza, salad and wine tasting, all at $20 per person. Poetic Cellars wines will be available for sale, so come, meet new friends, stock up, and enjoy a summer afternoon.
With heavy heart, Laura J Ness of High Performance Marketing and good friend of Katy Lovell says, “We wish her Godspeed; she will be greatly missed. Details regarding a memorial service to be held some time in early August are forthcoming.”
By June Smith
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